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COCKLIN, DR., C. C., oculist, was born in York county, Pa., June 29, 1862. He is a son of E. H. and Sarah Elizabeth (Caley) Cocklin. Jacob Cocklin, grandfather of Dr. C. C. Cocklin was born in Cumberland county, Pa, January 30, 1797, and was for many years a nurseryman. He was married January 29, 1828, to Miss Catherine Hoover, born in Lancaster county, Pa. They had six children, two of whom are living, Sarah, wife of Joseph Miller, of Frederick, Md., and E. H., father of Dr. C.C. Their deceased children were: Elizabeth, died November 14, 1835; Michael, March 12, 1851; Benjamin, died April 16, 1859, and Jacob, died January 24, 1871. Jacob Cocklin died December 18, 1890, aged ninety-three years; his wife died at the age of seventy-one years. The grandparents of Dr. Cocklin on his mother’s side were natives of England; their occupation was farming. They came to this country about the year 1840. They had nine children, five of whom are living: Docey, wife of James Herd, residing in Union county, Ohio; George, Robert, Elizabeth Sarah, wife of E. H. Cocklin, and Clark. Their deceased children are: Ellen, wife of John David, also deceased, and Peter, Anne and John.


E. H. Cocklin, father of Dr. C. C. Cocklin, was born in York county March 8, 1835. He was a nurseryman, having learned the business in boyhood from his father; he still carries it on in York county, where the family reside. Miss Sarah Elizabeth Caley, to whom he was married August 9, 1859, was a native of Knox county, Ohio, and a daughter of Chambers and Docey (Dunn) Caley. They have seven children, all living: Ida M., Dr. C. C., R. T., B. F., justice of the peach at Monaghan, York county, Pa., Alice D., John A., Arthur B. Mr. E. H. Cocklin is a Republican. The family are members of the Reformed church.


Dr. C. C. Cocklin received a part of his education in the public schools. He was brought up in his native place. At the age of twenty he engaged in the jewelry business at Philipsburg, N. J., where he remained four years. In 1888 he entered the optical school, and pursued his studies in the science of optics for four months. He then opened an office at Harrisburg in connection with the firm then known as Cocklin Bros., oculists. Desirous of making more thorough preparation for his specialty he went to Philadelphia in 1891, and after a three years course of study was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and afterwards took a special course of three months in the Philadelphia Polyclinic, at the Wills Eye and Ear Hospital. In 1894 he returned to Harrisburg and opened an office at No. 28 North Third Street. He is known as one of the most eminent, skillful and successful opticians in this region. Dr. Cocklin is an active member of Robert Burns Lodge, No. 464, F. & A. M. He is a Republican. He belongs to the Reformed church.



Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Mary Jo Erdwein ( for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project – Http://

Date of Transcription: 19 November 2000

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